David Silva: Manchester City’s Midfield Maestro

Manchester City were a class above their Premier League rivals in 2017/18 and the form of David Silva was a key reason for their success. Kevin de Bruyne and Leroy Sane both enjoyed prolific campaigns but Silva has been the face of City’s midfield since moving to the Etihad Stadium in 2010. Now 32 years old, the Spain star is still able to hold his own in what might just be the greatest Premier League side of all-time.

Like a fine wine, Silva just gets better with age. According to WhoScored’s statistics for the 2017/18 campaign, the Spaniard made 29 Premier League appearances for City last season – scoring nine goals, whilst assisting 11 for his teammates. The Blues, looking to retain the top flight title for the first time in the Premier League era, will be expecting a similar return from Silva in the upcoming campaign.

Comparatively, Sane notched 10 goals and 15 assists from 32 appearances whilst De Bruyne ended up with eight goals and 16 assists in 37 Premier League games. Silva might not have received the recognition that his performances deserve but Pep Guardiola knows just how influential he is to this City side. His vision and ability to create a goal-scoring opportunity in tight areas is arguably his greatest strength.

In many ways, Silva is City’s Andres Iniesta. Capable of dictating and controlling a football match from start to finish, Silva looks destined to enjoy a successful end to his professional career. Some players tend to struggle as they get older but Silva is still just as influential as he was three or four years ago. Pep may use the Spain man more sparingly next season but that has to be expected as age begins to catch up with him.

Silva could end up facing some of his Manchester City teammates whilst in action for Spain at the World Cup this summer. Fernando Hierro’s men played some fantastic football in the group stages and Spain will take some stopping as they look to secure a second World Cup success. As of June 29th, the 2010 winners are 4/1 with Betfair to go on and lift the famous Jules Rimet Trophy in Moscow on July 15th.

David Silva has two years remaining on his current contract at the Etihad Stadium and that will mark an entire decade of service and commitment to Manchester City. A real favourite with the supporters, Silva has been an integral figure in three Premier League title triumphs, an FA Cup victory and three League Cup successes. Without a shadow of a doubt, he should go down as a modern great.

The Spaniard still has plenty to give and Guardiola won’t just cut Silva out of the team for no reason. City are trying to build a dynasty era and the 32-year-old has a major role to play in that development – he is one of their most consistent players. De Bruyne and Sane deserve appreciation but don’t go forgetting about Silva – his influence has helped City to blossom into one of England’s football powerhouses.